Whilst it is with deep regret that we are announcing the cancellation of ‘Mission to Kiev’ visit (4-8 November) due to our main sponsoring partner withdrawing their support for force majeure reasons unrelated to the project, we would like to send our Best Wishes to all veterans of Ukraine for the forthcoming celebrations of the 73rd Anniversary of the Second Battle of Kiev and the city’s liberation from Nazi invaders.

With much resources and efforts deployed in the organising of this /now canceled/ visit of the Second World War veterans from the UK, Russia, Italy and Serbia to the Ukrainian capital, the organiser of the project Eugene Kasevin expresses his greatest THANKS to everyone who welcomed the idea and was supportive of it. Particularly the individuals who became the true ‘crowd-funders’:

Kenneth McMillan, French Veteran, Elena Erina, Barry Martin, Maureen Parry.

All veterans who were due to travel to Kiev have expressed their regrets about the visit’ cancellation, but also send their warmest wishes and congratulations to the veterans of Ukraine. The veterans who were due to visit Kiev are:


The organiser expresses deep gratitude to HRH Price Michael of Kent for his support of the ‘Mission to Kiev’ initiative and his personal greetings to the veterans of Ukraine. For all Ukrainian veterans of the Second World War here is a copy of The Prince’s letter:




The Declaration of Nations Reconciliation was signed by the Second World War veterans, diplomats and guests during the ‘Message to the World’ event that took place on Sunday 8 May 2016 in the International Maritime Museum Hamburg, Germany.


The participating veterans were: Mr. Hans-Jürgen Steffen from Germany; Mr. Ernie Davies and Mr. Seymour Taylor from the United Kingdom; Mr. Yuri Alexandrov and Mr. Taras Goncharenko from the Russian Federation; Mr. Zdenko Duplančić from Serbia; Mr. Piet van der Burgh from the Netherlands; Count Corrado Liberati from Italy.

Commentaries from public figures:


“At a time of considerable international tension, mission4peace is a timely and thought provoking initiative that deserves the attention and support of us all.”

Former Chief of the Defence Staff and Head of the British Armed Forces, General Lord David Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO


“mission4peace and its ‘Message to the World’ is a most worthy concept. Any initiative that sets out to improve relationships across all countries such that reverting to violence can become a thing of the past is to be commended.”

Admiral of the Fleet Lord Michael Cecil Boyce KG, GCB, OBE, DL


“The goals of mission4peace and the “Message to the World” event are honourable and fit perfectly to the goals of our house. In support of mission4peace we are greatly looking forward to welcome on May 8, veterans, diplomats and the world in the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg. We are confident that this outstanding event will help to create strong and peaceful international relations and will therefore help to preserve history for future generations.”

Professor Peter Tamm is the Founder of the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg


“As an historian dealing with centuries bedevilled by almost constant wars, I do share the ancient adagio ‘pax optima rerum’ [peace is the best of all things]. Missions that remind us of this exquisite value deserve our support.”

Prof. Dr. Mark Sven Hengerer – Professor of History and Chair of ‘History of Western Europe in the early modern period’ for Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

The Project Founders and the event organisers express their deep gratitude for the following individuals and organisations for contributing towards the success of a historic event:

  • Our eight veterans for their dedication to the course of mission4peace project and the event.
  • Professor Peter Tamm and the Team of the International Maritime History Museum Hamburg (Germany).
  • The Ambassador of Belgium to Germany, H.E. Ghislain D’Hoop for his participation and inspiring speech.
  • The Italian Consul General In Hannover, Mr. Flavio Rodilosso for his participation.
  • The Polar Convoy Club St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Gielt Algra and Dutch Veterans Institute for the assistance with Mr. Piet van der Burgh.
  • Milos Bogićević and the SUBNOR Veterans Organisation in Belgrade for the assistance with Mr. Zdenko Duplančić.
  • Friederike Krum (UK), Mezzo-Soprano, whose heavenly voice enriched the event with unforgettable melodies.
  • Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen Gmbh & Co. for supply of Russian Standard Premium vodka and Delaforce Bianco wine  for the reception.
  • Christiane Harms and everyone at Elbschloss Residenz GmbH for their superb hospitality.
  • Embassies of the Netherlands, Italy and Serbia for their help in locating our veterans.
  • Barry Martin and Margaret Rowse of The Russia House Ltd (UK) for their organisational and personal support.
  • Boris Arkhipov and the Russian Consulate in Hamburg.
  • Paul Clothier and Peter Hambro (UK) for their personal contributions and support of the event.
  • Clara Choley (France) for the personal support and the assistance with the veterans.
  • Satu Panzner and the German Society for Maritime And Naval History.
  • Elena Erina (Russia) for interpreting assistance.
  • Michael Nagel (UK) for the assistance in organising wheelchair.
  • Everyone who took part in the event.